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Graphic designers, also called graphic artists, create effective and visually aesthetic designs, layouts and corporate communication strategies for clients. Some graphic designers work on-site at a firm or company; others are consultants or freelancers who work out-of-office on a contract basis. Designers can work for corporate businesses, advertising and design agencies or publishing companies.

Graphic Design Schools in Arizona

A bachelor's degree from a college, university or design school is usually required to become a graphic designer. Many schools require students to complete a year of basic art and design courses before enrolling in a bachelor's degree program. Graphic design programs usually cover coursework in principles of design, studio art, commercial graphics production and printing techniques. In addition to these art and design courses, it may be helpful to take classes in psychology, foreign languages, cultural studies, marketing and business. It is important to note that graphic designers also need to have good communication and problem solving skills as they must be able to work with clients, copywriters, vendors and anyone else involved in a design project. Arizona graphic design schools offer both online and traditional campus-based programs to give you the education and skills you need to become a graphic artist.

Graphic Designer Salaries in Arizona

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment of graphic designers is expected to increase 13 percent between 2008 and 2018. Those with a background in website design or animation will see an increased demand for their services as more clients and companies move towards interactive media. To become one of the 3,260 graphic designers in Arizona, begin earning your degree from one of the following Arizona graphic design schools. As of May 2009 (latest available data), in the state of Arizona, graphic designers earned $19.94 an hour, or $41,480 annually. Opportunities for graphic designers can be found statewide, but are most common in the Phoenix area and in Tucson.

Whether you want to work for a big advertising company, start your own design firm or do part-time freelance work, earning a degree from one of the following graphic design schools in Arizona will help you achieve your goals.

Fast Facts for Graphic Designers in Arizona

  • Cities with highest percentage of jobs relative to population: Flagstaff, Phoenix and Tucson
  • Cities with lowest percentage of jobs relative to population: Yuma, Kingman and Prescott
  • Cities with the highest absolute number of jobs: Phoenix, Tucson and Flagstaff

Salaries for Graphic Designers in Arizona

  • Metro areas with the highest median salaries: Phoenix, Tucson and Flagstaff

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  • Graphic Design (BS)
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  • Graphic Design, Bachelor of Science (Online)
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  • Full Sail’s curriculum combines elements of creativity, art, business and life skills, technical prowess, and academic achievement.
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  • Graphic Arts (AAS)
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More Arizona Graphic Design Schools

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

School Name
Campus
Highest Award
Enrolled
Tempe
Doctorate & First Professional
51,481
Yuma
Associate
6,953
Douglas
Associate
4,133
Glendale
Associate
18,444
Mesa
Associate
24,470
Flagstaff
Doctorate
21,347
Holbrook
Associate
4,686
Phoenix
Associate
11,097
Tucson
Associate
32,982
Tempe
Associate
18,331
Scottsdale
Associate
10,371
Tucson
Bachelor
311

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Graphic Designers

The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Arizona. A table below the map shows job popularity and salaries across the state.

Metro Areas Rated for Popularity for:
Graphic Designers

Listed below are metro areas ranked by the popularity of jobs for Graphic Designers relative to the population of the city. Salary data was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

Metro Area
Jobs
Annual Median Salary
Flagstaff 60 $43,750
Lake Havasu City 40 $40,480
Kingman 40 $40,480
Phoenix 2470 $45,630
Mesa 2470 $45,630
Scottsdale 2470 $45,630
Prescott 60 $37,220
Tucson 420 $43,770

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